The life of the rose and of the thorns are from the same source.

There is no rose
without the thorns.
The life of the rose
and of the thorns
are from the same source.

A bed of roses
has destroyed as many lives
as did thorns
of sorrow and pain.

So a saint prayed long ago:
“Dear God,
Please don’t make me rich
lest I forget you
and don’t make me poor
that I go out and steal.”

K.P. Yohannan. “Same Source.” Dance Not for Time. GFA Books, 2013, p. 184.


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